A truck accident near Oakley, Illinois, approximately 110 miles northeast of St. Louis, resulted in the death of a teen on Wednesday morning. An 18-year-old man was operating a Jeep along Illinois 105 when it collided with a semi truck head-on at around 8:36 a.m. The passenger of the Jeep, a 20-year-old male, was transported to the hospital for critical injuries he suffered in the collision. The highway was closed for several hours as authorities reconstructed the accident. The investigation is ongoing and there has not been any indication of a cause.
Truck accidents happen numerous times a year and often cause injuries and fatalities to other motorists. Commercial trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds and when a collision occurs it is devastating. Fatigued driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, mechanical defects, and dangerous roadways are common causes of truck accidents. A full investigation should be conducted in every truck accident to determine who is responsible. Truck accidents can also have the possibility of a third party case. The trucking company, driver, truck manufacturer, and other entities could all be responsible for a truck accident and should be held accountable.
The Law Offices of Meyerkord & Kurth are home to some of the most experienced personal injury attorneys in St. Louis. Our attorneys have over 95 years of combined legal experience and have handled thousands of accident cases. We will investigate your accident fully, determine a cause and liability, and execute an effective strategy to provide the justice you deserve. Contact us today if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident.